To Starve and to Feast

Society is a hollow machine meant to serve the rich and powerful. It tends to produce things that are of no real value, while it infectes its population with a mental image of the world that is corrupt. It produces superficial things, things we don’t really need, so that the rich can buy them, and the poor lack all essentials.

We are told we have witnessed progress, but we greatly overvalue our own success. This is because the media and press are presenting an unfair picture of the world to its first world citizens. We know of starvation and war, but people feel disenfranchised and apathic because it seems that no one is truly able to act.

So we close ourselves in in our little walled garden with our precious pleasure and our neurotic conditioning. Then we blame our own insignificance and suffering on other disenfranchised people, and this works as a scapegoat because we feel disconnected from other people and races. Africa is dying of starvation.

Southern Africa is in the throes of a climate emergency, with hunger levels in the region on a previously unseen scale, the UN has warned.

Years of drought, widespread flooding and economic disarray have left 45 million people facing severe food shortages, with women and children bearing the brunt of the crisis, said the World Food Programme (WFP).

Zimbabwe is already facing its worst hunger emergency in a decade, with 7.7 million people – half the population – acutely food insecure. But there is evidence the situation has “deteriorated significantly” over the past few months.

We could help these people. But we deny it as a form of realism, telling ourselves that this is just how the world is and it cannot be changed. But that is false reasoning, because it is not about realism. It is about choice. We essentially hide our fatalism between an nearly-rational philosophy that we equate with the state of reality.

It is a choice, and not destiny as such. We could change things, but that require that we regain our sense of agency and free will. It takes a massive awakening, but that is all it takes, and it can be done.

Nothing disqusts me more than being greedy for selfish gain in a world where people are dying of starvation. We wait while things deteriorate, hoping not that we too shall fall into extremes such as becoming a celebrity or be trapped in a state of extreme poverty.

About Emil Hjort

Writer, poet and mysticist.
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